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By the numbers: Counting cocoa’s cost

By the numbers: Counting cocoa’s cost
How is the demand for cocoa affecting supplies and, ultimately, the cost to consumers?

Cocoa is big business, especially around Valentine’s Day, when chocolate candies, truffles and gift boxes fly off store shelves. With an improved economy, stellar sales of cocoa-made sweets should last all year. But experts say increased demand is pinching the world’s cocoa supply, turning a two-year surplus into a deficit and jacking up prices. Here’s the cocoa outlook.<

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